Before I get much into my week, I’ll answer all your questions. At my house right now, we have a laundry machine and then we hang the clothes up to dry. I have done hand washing in my mission though. It takes a long time! Haha. Belize is a lot like what you would picture of the Jamacian culture. It is mostly black people, but there are a lot of Latinos here too. I am actually over a Spanish branch, but I help with the English one too.
I have been doing a lot of studying in Preach My Gospel lately and watching the PMG videos and doing practices with them with my companion. It has made me really focus on what it means to be a Preach My Gospel missionary. As I try to follow exactly what PMG teaches, it has helped me to become more focused on the missionary work and less worried about other things. Also, my companion and I are always talking about the missionaries and the investigators, so that helps me to focus a lot on the mission as well.
My new companion, Elder Hacking, is awesome! We were good friends before we were companions already, so we were both pretty excited that we get to be companions. When I was a zone leader in Santa Tecla, he was the financial secretary in the office, so we saw each other quite a bit (the office is about 10 minutes away from where my area was). He is from Ephraim, UT and has about 20 months on the mission. He is a really solid missionary and loves to work hard. We work really hard and well together, and we also have a lot of fun. We have a lot to talk about and the days go by really fast. He knows the scriptures really well and I have been learning a lot from him. He is probably one of the best missionaries that is here in this mission, so it is awesome to be able to have him as a companion.
This week was a pretty solid one. We had to spend a lot of time running errands and helping out with a missionary that was sick and in the hospital, but we still managed to make up the time in our area working. While we were in our area, we worked extremely hard and had a lot of success. We found a lot of new people to teach and some of them were people that have come to church a few times in the past with other missionaries. Our investigator that was going to get baptized this weekend ended up deciding not to. It was a little sad, because she is very prepared and has a testimony that the church is true, but I am sure she will get baptized soon. I think her nerves about being baptized just got her a little bit. She is 100% ready for baptism though, so we will work with her this week to see how she feels. We have another investigator that is going to be getting baptized this weekend too. He is the one that I told you about that prayed to find the true church and showed up at our church the next day. He is loving what we teach and has an incredible amount of faith. Things are going really well here.
My mission has been teaching me a lot. It has been a great experience to see the changes in people here, but as I have taught the gospel and watched it change other peoples lives, I have seen a huge change in my own as well. My testimony has been strengthened and I have become a better man because of it. There is not a day that goes by that I am not happy I made the decision to come back out and finish my mission. It has changed my life.
Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you!
Mail can still be sent to my address in El Salvador, but it will take longer for me to get it. My new mailing address is as follows:
Elder Aaron Black
Misión El Salvador San Salvador Oeste/Belize
PO Box 1123 Belize City, Belize C.A.
With his new companion, Elder Hacking.